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The 36 th World Gymnastics Championships, which took place in Debrecen, Hungary, Nov, 20-24, proved to be an excellent stepping stone for the u.s. teams as they prepare for the upcoming 2003 World Championships in Anaheim, California, On the women's side, the gymnasts brought home three medals, On the men's side, all of the men qualified to semi-finals and they were also represented in event finals on each piece of apparatus in which they competed,

Martha Karolyi is the USA Gymnastics National Team Coordinator, We spoke with Martha to learn her secret to success and what's in store for the future of the USA Gymnastics women's program,

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INTERVIEWS WITH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS MEDALISTS USA Gymnastics spoke with Courtney Kupets, Ashley Postell, and Samantha Sheehan about their medal performances at the 2002 World Championships,

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TOPs The TOPs program is in its 11 th year and going strong, More than 2,000 athletes from all over the country tested the physical abilities portion of the program at the regional level in the summer of 2002, Check out the list of TOPs National Team gymnasts,

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FUTURE STARS The Future Stars Championships is always an exciting competition and the 2002 meet was no exception, This year 's Future Stars "Event" was held over three days from November 14-16, at the u.s, Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Check out the results!

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JUNIOR PAN AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS The US, men' s, women's and rhythmic teams earned 27 medals competing at the Junior Pan American Championships, held Nov, 4-10 in Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic. All three teams grabbed the team and all-around titles,

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TRAMPOLINE AND TUMBLING WORLD CUP FINALS Casey Finley and Lindsey Blundell represented the USA in the Trampoline & Tumbling World Cup Finals in Hannover, Germany, November 23 , Finley won the bronze medal in men' s tumbling while Blundell finished fourth in women's tumbling, just out of medal contention,

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-Stepping Stone To Anaheim he 36 th World Gymnastics Championships, which took place in Debrecen, Hungary, Nov. 20-24, proved to be an excellent stepping stone for the u.s. teams as they prepare for the upcoming 2003 World Championships in Anaheim, California. On the women's side, the gymnasts brought home three medals including two gold and a bronze, plus all four gymnasts qualified to semi-finals and the u .S. was represented on each piece of apparatus. On the men's side, all of the men qualified to semi-finals and they were also represented in event finals on each piece of apparatus in which they competed. Senior Program Director Kathy Kelly dubbed the four young women who comprised the 2002 World Championships team the Fabulous Four. Terin Humphrey, Courtney Kupets, Ashley Postell and Samantha Sheehan began their tight bonding in the short preparation camp prior to Worlds and continued to support one another throughout the journey. "They functioned as a well-oiled mach ine, never missing a beat," said Kelly. "They portrayed enthusiasm, diligence and discipline every day. Their training was superb and their

attitudes exemplary. It proves that personal characteristics are the measure of champions! These ' inexperienced' gymnasts have set a new standard for conduct - one that I hope is catching." Courtney Kupets and Ashley Postell earned gold medals for their outstanding performances on bars and beam respectively and Samantha Sheehan added a bronze medal on floor. Kupets, 16, of Gaithersburg, Md. and Hill's Gymnastics, won bars scoring a 9.550 to defeat World Cup champion lona Petrovschi of Romania and Lyudrnila Eyova of Russia and end Svetlana Khorkina's streak of five straight titles. "This is the happiest day of my life," said Kupets, who trains with coach Kelli Hill. When asked about her preparation she said, "In the summer, I completely redid my routine because I knew that I would only have a chance against Khorkina with a very special routine." "I am 100% flabbergasted," said Hill. 'We came here excited to be competing, and it just kept getting better. We made it through qualifying and then through semis and were thrilled. Then she hit her

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routine and we knew she had at least a bronze medal, and was in medal contention. This is a great moment." The moment got even better when, on beam, 16-year-old Postell from Capital Gymnastics in Burke, Va., scored 9.537, defeating Romania's Oana Ban and Ukraine's Irina Yarotska. "My goal coming into the Worlds was to place in the top three," said Postell. Although this was Postell's first World medal, she's been successful in international competitions in the past. In fact, she wore her lucky leotard, which she had worn at the Glasgow meet earlier this year where she also won the balance beam competition.

"I was the last up, and I had no idea that I could possibly win," said Postell, who competed eighth out of the field of eight. "I was a little nervous, and I got a little shaky in the middle. I thought I was going to stop, but I kept going and made it. I am very happy." Her coach, Tatiana Perskaia, recognized Postell's determination coming into the competition. "She told me her goal was to win a medal," said Perskaia. "I was not sure about a gold medal, but she certainly did a great job." On floor, 16-year-old Samantha Sheehan from Cincinnati Gyrnnastics finished strong in her first international gyrnnastics competition, winning the bronze medal on floor. Sheehan, who scored 9.325, was topped by Spain's Elena Gomez, who scored a 9.487 and was followed by Verona Van De Leur of Holland with a 9.350. Van De Leur and Sheehan both incurred a deduction of .10 for stepping out of bounds. ''This means everything," said Sheehan, who was relatively unknown prior to the competition. "It makes me feel like I belong now. I can not only cornpete in the U.s., but allover the world." She added, "I was surprised, but I knew this was possible, and that is what drove me to get this far." Sheehan becomes another example of the depth being touted by the u.s. team at this year's Worlds. 'We have a lot of new people coming up and obviously we are able to compete against the best in the world," said Coach Mary Lee Tracy. 'We are definitely on the rnove." ''The depth in the U.S. is incredible right now," continued Tracy. "This is exciting. I think this shows that we are a united team and that we are better than we have ever been before. The system we have is definitely working." Terin Humphrey frorn Great American Gymnastics Express just missed finals on vault, finishing ninth with a score of 9.187. She also did well on floor scoring 9.10 and finishing 11 th (top eight made finals) . Humphrey is coached by AI Fong and Armine Barutyan in Blue Springs, Mo., and should be one to watch for the future. World Championships continued on page 14 RESULTS 01 page SO

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n the men's side, the U.S. team made up of Paul Hamm, Brett McClure, Sean Townsend, Jeff Johnson and Guard Young, all qualified into the semi-finals competition.

Ron Calimore, Senior Men's Program Director, said, "I was very pleased with the work of our gymnasts and coaches throughout this event. The men's competition was extremely tough. Only one step on the dismount was needed in event finals to separate winning a medal from placing fourth through eighth. The final ranking does not give justice to how well our gymnasts performed through the event." He added, "Our men sent a strong message to the rest of the world that we're on track to challenge for team and individual event medals in 2003 and 2004. Our gymnasts and coaches are disappointed to come home without a medal, but with only eight months left until the World Championships in Anaheim, there is no time to waste being disappointed." Hamm, from Team Chevron Swiss Turners, qualified to finals on three events including floor exercise, pommel horse and high bar. In fact, Hamm was the only competitor in the World Championships to qualify to three event finals, showing his all-around strength. Hamm's most impressive performance was his 9.625 on the floor, where he finished fourth, just outside the medals behind Jordan Jovtchev of Bulgaria who scored 9.675. "I was happy with my performance but at the same time a little disappointed because I was so close to getting a medal. I didn't expect to make three finals - I was really happy to have made all three. I thought I had the best chance to medal on high bar but I had

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World Championships a mistake in finals . I did one of my best routines of the week on floor and ended up taking fourth ." Hamm added, "It was a great experience and gets me motivated for 2003 World Championships. I feel like I have a good chance to earn a medal in the all-around." Hamm also finished seventh (8.887) on high bar and eighth on pommel horse (9.05). Hamm, who is coached by Stacy Maloney and Andrei Kan in West Allis, Wis., continued, "It's intense competing against this level of cornpetition. The rest of the world is only getting better. If I look back at the gymnastics in 2000 it's shocking. Being so close to a medal motivates me so much, because it just shows that I am so close to doing it."

Brett M cClure eamed a score of 9.562 on parallel bars, just out of the medals in fifth place. He said, "I thought it was a great showing for the U.S. It was the first time to have competitors in all the events that we had guys compete in. We all did very well and we're happy about our performances." When asked about what he leamed for the future, McClure said, 'We're looking forward to Anaheim. We know we have to be perfect. We have to focus and stick routines. We know we must not count a routine in practice unless we have a hit dismount." Guard Young from Team Chevron-Oklahoma, who was the first gymnast in the entire event to compete on floor, was still able to qualify into the semifinals competition where he finished 15th with a score of 9.387. 2001 World Champion on parallel bars Sean Townsend from Team Chevron-

Rings specialist Jeff Johnson, from Seattle, Wash., who led the competition on rings after the first qualifying round of competition, scored a 9.550 in event finals, which placed him in eighth position . He said, " I had a great time. It was a new thing for me and my first international competition. I was pleased with the outcome. My goal was to make the second round and I was thrilled to have made the top eight." Johnson, who is an engineer at Boeing and trained 10-12 hours per week on rings prior to the World Championships added, "The first two days my routines were solid but during my routine in finals I made a couple small mistakes." Johnson is coached by Mark Russo.

HGA finished 12th on parallel bars during semi finals with a 9.337. He had difficulty on his landing in the semi-finals and touched his hands to the floor which kept him from the final round of competition. With the success by U.s. gymnasts, excitement is building for the 2003 World Championships at the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim, Aug. 16-24. The competition will feature more than 650 athletes from 70 nations and will identify the front-runners heading into the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. The next few months will be busy in preparation for the big event! RESULTS .. page SO


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Martha Karolyi: The Watchful Leader Martha Karolyi is not like her husband Bela, who is known for his big bear hugs and sometimes loud outbursts at competitions. Instead, Martha prefers a more watchful and highly disciplined environment as she manages her job as the USA Gymnastics National Team Coordinator. According to the women's senior program director Kathy Kelly, "Since Martha has assumed the role of National Team Coordinator, the women's program has not lost a team competition . The results at World Championships prove th at her leadership has strengthened and united the efforts of our coaches and we are poised for more successes in the next two years of the quadrennium. Martha leads with a firm hand but has demonstrated to us, especially the athletes, a softer, gentler, side to herself. It's obvious to any observer that Martha enjoys what she's doing. This is one of the reasons behind her success story."

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Q: Was it a concern going into the World Championships that the U.S. gymnasts selected for the team did not have a great deal of international experience?

Martha: Yes, we knew they had very little international competition experience, but these were the gymnasts that showed readiness for the competition. We wanted to see how they would be received by the international community. This was a stepping stone to prepare for 2003 World Championships.

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and 18 gymnasts who are 11 . The National TOP's Camp was comprised of three days of educational opportunities for both the athlete and her coach on basics, sports science and general development of these talented young athletes. USA Gymnastics' National Coaching staff conducted the camp, along with coaching support personnel and sport science professionals. Morgan White and Courtney Kupets were named TOPs Athletes of the Year at the banquet during TOPs camp. For the second consecutive year, a second camp was held for 80 additional gymnasts. The gymnasts were invited 10 the camp Dec. 11-15 but had 10 pay for all of their own expenses. The TOP's program has shown dramatic success over the last 11 year. Gary Anderson, the USA Gymnastics National Elite Program Chairman said, ''The gi~s you see at TOP's National Camp will be the ones showing up in the Olympics in 2008 and 2012."


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FUTURE STARS & COACHES WORKSHOP REPORT By Dennis Mcintyre The Future Stars Championships is always an exciting competition and the 2002 meet was no exception. This year's Future Stars "Event" was held over three days from November 14-16, at the U.5. Olympic Trai ni ng Center in Colorado Springs. The Future Stars routines were updated for 2002 to 2004 and the routine changes produced some very positive results in athlete performances. It's always exciting to see increased numbers of participants along with an increase in the technical execution. That's exactly what the athletes and coaches were able to accomplish at this year's Future Star Championships. The Future Stars program is all about the future and getting started the right way. This means that the Future Stars program is structured a little differently. It also means that the Future Stars program is unique for the men's program in many ways. First, the Future Stars uses compulsory routines. Next, the age groups are different from the regular age group competition program. At the Future Stars Championships athletes compete in two age divisions, the 10 to 11-year-old division and the 12-year-old division. In addition, athletes compete on the six Olympic events plus three additional events. The additional routines are Parallel Bars Strength, Still Rings Strength and Presentation and Flexibility. The final difference is that the Future Stars routines are evaluated by a panel made up of both judges and coaches as represented by the Junior National Apparatus Leaders and members of the Junior National Coaching Staff. The Future Stars Championships is also used to determine the National Development Team. The top 30 (this year 31 due to a tie) 10 to 11-year-olds and the top 20, 12-year-olds from the Future Stars Championships are named to the 2002-2003 National Development team . The top 15 (this year 16, again due to a tie in the all-around) 10 to 11 yearolds and the top 10 12-year-olds will also be given the opportunity to attend a special Future Stars training camp which will be held in the summer of 2003. The Future Stars program has always been about education and preparation for the future. A major aspect of this , , concept has been to hold the annual Men's National Coaches' Workshop in conjunction with the Future Stars Championships. The National Coaches' Workshop provides the opportunity for hands-on development sessions with the athletes and for education sessions for both coaches and parents. This "team" approach of working with athletes, coaches and parents is intended to provide positive information to aid in the proper development and future success of the athlete. The workshop portion of the weekend exposes the participants to presentations from some of the best coaches in the country and specialists in the sports science field. Congratulations to all our Future Stars competitors and congratulations to all of the Coaches' Workshop participants.

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Finley performed the only triple back somersault, but faced a strong field of competitors, including Nicolas Fournials of France who finished in first place with a score of 74 .00 and Ross Gibson of Great Britain, second with a score of 73 .40 . When asked about his triple back Finley said, "The first time I threw a triple was in the foam pit and then I moved it to a mat in the pit. I threw it for the first time on the floor at a local meet. I've been doing a triple for a couple of years ." Finley, who trains five days per week for two hours per day said, "Now I' m training for the 2003 World Championships . I' m also hoping that tumbling will be added to the Olympic Games . That would be my dream come true ."

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USA JUNIORS FIND SUCCESS IN BELGIUM AND THE NETHERLANDS Junior National Team Members Susan Jackson of Brown's Houston and Marcia Newby of Excalibur Gymnastics competed in Top Gym in Belgium. In her first intemational competition, Newby placed third in the all-around and first on both bars and floor. Jackson placed second on vault. In the team event, the U.S. was paired with the athletes from Belgium, and took first place in the combined team competition. Newby and Jackson were joined by first-time intemational competitors Sarah Shire of Great American Gymnastics Express and Nicole Harris from Parkettes at the deHypotheekshop Gymnastics Top in the Netherlands. They finished seventh, (Shire), ninth, (Newby), and 11th (Harris). Shire won a bronze medal on floor and Harris won a bronze medal on bars. National Team Coordinator Martha Karolyi said, 'This meet was a good success for the junior gymnasts. Not only was this the girls' first intemational experience, but this meet is normally divided into both Junior and Senior divisions. Competing in a field of predominantly Senior intemational athletes, many of whom were preparing for the upcoming Individual World Championships, our girls really had a strong showing." The trip served as 1991 World Champion Kim Zmeskal's first intemational judging assignment. SEE RESULTS ON THE NEXT PAGE

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EMILY WALKER THORNTON,COLORADO Emily, 9, has been in the sport of gymnastics for three years. She trains at Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics in Broomfield and is cooched by Irina Koriakova, Alexander Jikharevitch, and Mark Bogoger. last season as a level 4 she scored a 36.175 in the all路around. This season she competed one meet level 5 and one meet level 6 and placed first and second all路around, respectively. She's now preparing for her levell season.

LAGUNA HILLS, CA Ivana M.Hong, 9, was the younges1 Notional EI~e at the 2002 US. Challenge. She ranked third all-around overall. She was first in Ph}'lical Abilities, second in compulsories, and sixth in optionals. She moved from level 6to national elite in less than twa years. She trains at GymMax in Costa Mesa, Calif. with her coaches, Howie and Jenny liang.

HAYLEE ROLLINS PHOENIX, ARIZONA Haylee troins at Phoenix Gymnastics Academy and Dance. She started gymnas1ics when she turned 8 years old. At 10 she was a level 5 State Champion. She competed one meet level 6 and will compete levell this year at age 12. She loves to twis1 and flip and her favorite event is bars. She's coached by Mike and Donna Payne.

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here are 206 bones in the human body. They help you balance, swing, jump, twist a~d flip. Build!ng strong bones during the teen years IS extremely Important. You deposit bone mineral mass into your "bone bank" until the age of 30. Most of the deposits occur by the age of 20. The next ten years are spent topping off your stores. Optimizing bone density can help prevent osteoporosis. This is a bone thinning disease that predominately effects elderly women. You can decrease your chances for developing osteoporosis by optimizing your bone bank in your teenage years. Sixty to eighty percent of bone mass development is determined by your genetics. The other 20-40% is influenced by nutrition, exercise and other lifestyle habits. Weight bearing exercise, like gymnastics, helps stimulate bone formation . Tumbling, vaulting and sticking landings all provide the necessary forces to increase bone mass. There have been a number of studies where researchers have compared bone density in gymnasts to other types of athletes (swimmers) or non-athletes. These studies demonstrate that gymnasts have higher bone density than the other participants . Optimal nutrition is another factor that can help optimize bone mass. Calcium, phosphorus and vitamin 0 are a few of the nutrients important for bone health. Nutritionists are particularly concerned about teenagers' calcium intake. As children grow older, they often shy away from some of the best calcium sources (milk) and replace them with less nutritious choices (soda). As you get older, your need for calcium increases. You are growing more rapidly and your bone mass is accumulating at a very high rate . This is an important time to ensure that your calcium intake is adequate.

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Q: The U.S. women did a great job at World Championsh ips, earn ing two gold and a bronze medal. Can you comment on the event? Martha: These young girls rose to the expectations. They left the international gymnastics world with a good impression. Last year we moved one step on our come back to the world ranking when we won the team bronze medal. This year we wanted to take another small step but actually we took a big step. They did an excellent job. They were very confident and co nsistent. Th ey were impressive and well received by the international judges. Q: After podium training and seeing the other countries, did you have any idea that the U.S. gymnasts would do so well? Martha: I usually focus on our gymnasts and try not to look around so much but you do see a little bit here and there. I see that we have the most disciplined gymnasts and the most organized program around. That's what made us so successful. Q: Did the U.S. gymnasts exceed your expectations? Martha: They did. We don't actually talk about medals or places. Instead we talk about routines an being prepared. The start values of the gymnast's routines are 10 or very close to 10. We make sure execution is done well. We try to minimize the deductions. Winning two gold and a bronze medal was more than anyone expected, but the gymnasts did what we asked. Q: What was the key to winning three medals? Martha: I strongly believe that the selection must be based on who the strongest gymnasts are at the time of departure to the World Championships. We had to leave home some top gymnasts because they were not 100% prepared. The only criteria must be the consistency and readiness of the gymnasts. Q: How did the athletes adjust to different equipment and the time change? Martha: We prepare the gymnasts to know they must function in all types of conditions. We expose them to different conditions. We do long and short warm-ups. Sometimes we give them no warm-ups. We try to prepare them before they get to the competition. I tell the gymnasts that if we run up against different conditions, they must adjust; the gymnast who adjusts will be the winner. We really had no problems with the adjustments and time change.

Q: Were you able to enjoy Hungary after the competition? Martha: Yes, our main focus is the preparation for the competition, but we always like to arrange a fun day after the competition. We went to Budapest and had a guided tour and ate at a very nice restaurant. The girls really enjoyed it. The weather was excellent. The temperature was 60-70 degrees. Q: How important is this event for the future? Martha: Every single competition is very important. We're building on our reputation . This is even more important because it's the year prior to the major competition, 2003 World Championships, which is the qualification for the 2004 Olympic Games. Thanks Martha for your time and congratulations to the U.S. women on their success at World Championships. We'll look for great things to happen at the 2003 r d Championships in Anaheim, Calif., August 16-24!

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